Ron Hoffman received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin in 1969 and joined the College of William and Mary in 1992 as director of the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture. Prior to coming to the College he was Professor of History at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is also the editor of the Charles Carroll of Carrollton Papers. A specialist in the era of the American Revolution, he is the author of A Spirit of Dissension: Economics, Politics and the Revolution in Maryland. His articles and essays have appeared in numerous publications including the William and Mary Quarterly, the American Historical Review, Perspectives in American History, the Maryland Historical Magazine, and other collections of scholarly work. From 1977 to 1993 he served as Symposia Director of the United States Capitol Historical Society and in that capacity co-edited with Peter J. Albert the fifteen titles that comprise the series Perspectives on the American Revolution. His monograph Princes of Ireland, Planters of Maryland: A Carroll Saga, 1500-1782, written in collaboration with Sally D. Mason (University of North Carolina Press for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, 2000) won the Southern Historical Association's 2001 Frank L. and Harriet C. Owsley Award for a distinguished book in southern history and the Library of Virginia's 2001 Literary Award for Non-fiction. The first three volumes of the Carroll Papers, Dear Papa, Dear Charley: The Peregrinations of a Revolutionary Aristocrat, as Told by Charles Carroll of Carrollton and His Father, Charles Carroll of Annapolis, with Sundry Observations on Bastardy, Child-Rearing, Romance, Matrimony, Commerce, Tobacco, Slavery, and the Politics of Revolutionary America (University of North Carolina Press for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, 2001) received, together with Princes of Ireland, the Maryland Historical Society's Book Prize for 2002, for outstanding publications in Maryland history. In January 2006, the American Historical Association awarded Dear Papa, Dear Charley the J. Franklin Jameson Prize, an award given every five years for excellence in historical editing.